Two Cuban cocktails among the 50 most popular in the world in 2018

Posted: 11-Jan-19 07:19

At the close of 2018, two Cuban cocktails were at the top of the list of the 50 Best-Selling Cocktails, as published by specialist magazine, Drinks International. The daiquiri and the mojito were among the 50 most frequently requested drinks at bars, ranking in fourth and twelfth position respectively.

Two Cuban cocktails among the 50 most popular in the world in 2018

It’s not just Cuba that’s becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination for worldwide travellers. It’s also aspects of its heritage and culture that have put it on the map for cocktail drinkers around the world, even when not all know the origins of two of the world’s best-selling cocktails in 2018 and the fact that they are Cuban by birth.

The Mojito is unmistakably Cuban and most drinkers around the world know this and instantly make the association between the drink and the island’s sultry allure. When it comes to the Daiquiri not as many know of its true origins, but its time they did. Especially, when this year it positioned itself in the Top 5 of the World’s Best-Selling Cocktails, ranking in the fourth position for the first time (last year it had ranked fifth, so it’s certainly growing in popularity).

According to the annual list compiled and published by Drinks International, the Mojito and the Daiquiri are among the 12 most frequently requested drinks at bars. Each year the publication surveys the world’s best bars (with votes from a total of 127 bars in this edition) to find out which cocktails make it to the World’s Best-Selling Classics list.

In reference to the increasingly popular Daiquiri, the publication reads:

“If it was good enough for Ernest Hemingway, it’s good enough for the world’s best bars.”

The article also goes on to say that the Daiquiri is the most ordered rum cocktail in this year’s list and while only 4 percent of bars voted for it as their first choice, 48 percent named it in their top ten.

While the Mojito remains popular, it has gone down two positions in comparison to last year, where it featured at number 10. Despite, its slip up in the rankings, it remains high on the list of most frequently ordered drinks in the world. Stating that the classic Cuban Highball was voted by 20 percent of bars in their top 10 drinks, Drinks International’s article went on to share the recipe to make the Mojito like they make it at its famous iconic birthplace in Havana, La Bodeguita del Medio:

“To make the Mojito in the La Bodeguita way, use two teaspoons of sugar, juice of half a lime, two sprigs of fresh mint, two parts sparkling water, muddle and add one part Havana Club. Finish with four ice cubes and stir.”

To determine who makes it to the top 50 bartenders are asked to rank their top ten best-selling classic cocktails, which are then ranked accordingly. In 2018, the list remained very similar to the previous year, with some variations here and there, some cocktails ascending, others descending and a few others re-entering the list. Others were left out, as is the case with another of Cuba’s most popular drinks.

The other popular Cuban cocktail left out of the list this year was the Cuba Libre, which seems to have fallen out of favour after ranking in the previous edition at number 50. Maybe in 2019 it will climb up and be included again. We’ll have to wait and see! 


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